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Investigations continue into several Tyler crimes

The latest call in a series of crimes came in around seven o'clock, Sunday morning from the 700 block of Della Street.  That's where a man found a woman, lying unconscious on his front lawn. Police say the middle-aged woman was actually missing teeth as a result of the gruesome assault.

"She had been brutally beaten about her head," said Sgt. Bill Goecking with the Tyler Police Department.  He said the woman also had skull fractures and other injuries.  The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries.

Around the same time, officers also responded to the second of two robberies at two different Tyler gas stations.  The first robbery happened around 4 a.m., Sunday at Food Fast on Troup Highway; the second--Speedy Food Mart at E. 5th and Loop 323.  At both locations, police said a black man walked into the store demanding money.  And in both cases, the suspect used a plastic bag to cover part of his face, and another to hide a weapon.

He made off with cash from the registers.  Police describe the man as tall and thin with facial hair.  He was last seen wearing tan pants and a tan shirt.

Shortly before 2, Sunday morning, police said four men were riding in a car when gun shots rang out from the car behind them.  It led to a short chase and accident near the intersection of Vance and Moore streets.

According to Police, Sergio Zavala was driving his three friends when they noticed a red car following them.  He then crashed his car trying to get away after hearing gun shots. 

One of the suspects actually approached Zavala's car, demanding money.  The suspect also tried to yank the stereo from the car. 

Police are now looking for two Hispanic men.  Both wore black wave caps.  One was wearing a red shirt.  The other was wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts.

If you have any information about any of these crimes, please call Tyler Police.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.


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